08 / 08 / 2018
  - 09:46:18 AM
Can The Red Sox Bats Continue To Carry The Bullpen

By MyFM’s John Wilbur - The Boston Red Sox continue to win despite being unable to close the door with a lead. Boston scored 5 runs in the tenth to beat the Blue Jay’s on Tuesday. Mitch Moreland gave the team the lead with a three run blast after Mookie Betts started the rally with a 1 out triple. Andrew Benintendi walked to set up Mitch Moreland’s three run homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. finished off the scoring with a two run shot to follow for some insurance. But it was Craig Kimbrel who struggled again for the second night in a row. Last night (Monday) Kimbrel Loaded the bases with the lead in the ninth and worked out of a jam thanks to the defense and then he gave up a 3-0 homerun. The bullpen has been struggling with Joe Kelly not nearly as sharp as he had been through April, May and June. Matt Barnes has allowed several batters to reach base recently, while Brandon Workman was able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th to keep it close. The Sox are the first team to get to 80 wins and the team is on pace for 113 to 114 wins. Chris Sale has now missed two starts and is expected to return from soreness in the shoulder, while new second baseman Ian Kinsler is on the ten day DL with a soar hamstring. Blake Swihart is also on the DL and Rafael Devers is due to return to the lineup after a rehab start in AA Lowel Monday. So, the big question is will the boys be able to continue to knock the cover off and score enough runs to carry the pitching staff through their troubles giving the starting rotation time to heal and the bullpen time to straighten out their woe’s? Or will the bats run cold before the pitching and health click together to make a play-off run and finally get out of the first round for the first time in three years? Only time will tell but I have to say I’m excited to see where this team can go and I love watching them every night knowing they are never out of it until the final out is called if the recent Yankee series taught us anything it’s not to pull the plug on this team early ever!

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